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A tiny appeal to Item Santa

A child in Lynn is asking for help for his family this Christmas.

An anonymous child wrote a letter to Item Santa, asking for gifts for himself and his younger brothers because his family is struggling financially.

“My parents are poor this year, so can you get us some presents?” he wrote in his letter in large, scratchy letters. The bottom of the letter is illustrated with child-like sketches of a Christmas tree with three packages beneath it.

In a cartoon-like bubble with pointed edges, the child wrote the world help.

“I have two siblings,” he wrote. “I would really appreciate it if you got us some presents.”

The child’s openness to ask for help and talk about his family being poor is a sign of how real the situation is for the family.

Now in its 52nd year, the Item Santa fund helps make Christmas brighter for those in need. All donations are listed in Item print editions through the month of December and into 2019, along with a brief message from each donor, if desired. To donate online please visit

Those interested in signing up to collect at Santa Island or any business willing to sell stockings should contact David Solimine Sr. or Joel Solimine at 781-595-1492.

NOTE: The application period for aid from Item Santa has closed and The Item does not process applicants. All questions about the program and distribution of gifts should be directed to the Salvation Army at 781-598-0673.

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